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Did the Catholic Church have evidence to discredit the Gospel of Judas?

Christians accept four legitimate Gospels from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. My Question: Did the Catholic Church have evidence to discredit the Gospel of Judas?
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Why can't Jesus periodically visit Earth? [closed]

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. Matthew 24:36 The Gospel of Matthew tells us that Jesus will return someday. ...
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What happened to the two trees in the Garden of Eden?

In Genesis 2, we are told that there were two named trees in the Garden of Eden--the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life. When Adam and Eve ate fruit from the Tree of the ...
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Why didn't Syriac Christianity keep Aramaic as their liturgical language?

Syriac Christianity (as well as with other oriental orthodoxy denominations) today use Arabic as their liturgical language. It is known that they have been using Arabic since the times of Muslim ...
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Is guessing a way to God? [closed]

If I 'guess' that there is a God and live accordingly, could I be considered a true believer? Can faith only be revealed? Is believing not a form of guessing?
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What is the current relevance of Arianism?

Is there an active sect by this name? Are there any particular Christian denominations which might be described as 'Arian'?
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Was the mode of execution for Jesus required to be crucifixion?

Did Jesus need to die on a cross or were there alternative endings? Would being stabbed with a sword or if he died during the beatings have been good enough? Specifically, are there prophecies held ...
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Is every lie a sin? [duplicate]

We all know that lying is a sin in the Catholic's perspective. But sometimes we lie to protect someone. For example, a mother lies about sex to protect their children. Is every lie sinful in Gods ...
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Are the early followers of Christ considered Christians or Jews in today's context? If not, when was the religion created? [duplicate]

From sometime after 4 BC and up to and sometime between the destruction of the Second Temple (C. 70) and Council of Nicaea (AD 325), Christians were considered Jewish with Jesus as their leader. When ...
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Why does God ask Abraham to walk blameless?

This question is an offshoot from this question and it’s comments. The question is: Why does God remains silent for 13 long years after Hagar gives birth to Ishmael and then suddenly commands ...
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What mainstream denominations (if any) hold a Young Earth Creationist view? [closed]

As the title asks, which mainstream denominations hold a YEC View?
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Why isn't the soul (ψυχή) considered to be a “person” (ὑπόστασις)?

From my understanding, the unity of spirit, soul, and body is considered to be a ὑπόστασις, or "person." But, what argument is there against the soul itself (apart from the body) being a ὑπόστασις? It ...
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Why does the Litany of Saint Joseph call him “terror of demons”?

A litany for Joseph, the husband of Mary, was approved by Pope St Pius X in 1909 (*). Most of the invocations are straightforward to understand, referring to his life (eg. "husband of the Mother of ...
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Where does the idea of a water canopy come from in the Bible, and is there scientific evidence to support it?

Some Creationists have asserted that in pre-flood world that there may have been some sort of water vapor canopy that perhaps doubled the air pressure and caused things to be much healthier than they ...
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How could animals have gotten all around the world after the flood?

I am a Christian, but this question has been troubling me for a long time. If all the world's animals dispersed from Mt. Ararat, it would stand to reason that there should be no animals in the ...
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What is the role of the British monarch?

What role does the British monarch play as leader of the Church of England? Furthermore, how has this role changed over time?
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Could there be any possible action proving Yahweh to be cruel? [closed]

Recently, one of my christian friends died of cancer. My Christian friends told me that Yahweh is very merciful. But if he got well, Yahweh would be merciful, too. So, HYPOTHETICALLY (see the note): ...
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Rephrase: Does the Bible claim itself to be inerrant? [duplicate]

Before I go on, I do realize that biblical claims for the inerrancy of the Bible is in fact self-satisfying and therefore questionable (at least in a court room), but bear with me. The old testament ...
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What is the difference, if any, between the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives vs. the apostles lives?

I think all Christian denominations will agree as fundamental doctrine that the Holy Spirit was sent to us (the invisible church) after Christ's death on the cross (John 14:16). However, it seems like ...
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Is the Virgin Mary ever referred to as “the Holy Table” (ἡ ἁγία ἡ τράπεζα)?

I'm still in the process of translating a work of John of Damascus concerning the Eucharist and the body of Christ, entitled Περὶ τοῦ ἀχράντου σώματος, οὗ μεταλαμβάνομεν. In section 4, he writes, ...
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Why is the Eucharist referred to as «ἀναίμακτον θυσίαν» in consideration of “transubstantiation”?

If indeed transubstantiation occurs, and the bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus Christ, why does John of Damascus1 (as an example) refer to the Eucharist as «ἀναίμακτον θυσίαν», "a ...
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Why did Martin Luther change his surname from ‘Luder’ to ‘Luther' very early in his career?

I was surprised to find out ‘Luther’ is not Martin Luther’s original surname but ‘Luder’ is. The Greek word έλεύθερος that was the origin of his Latin name was Eleutherius. You can see ‘uder’ does not ...
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Why Christian Translator Translate Rhea as Neighbor?

Why do Bible translator translate rhea into neighbor in "Love thy neighbor"? The Jews told me that rhea really means comrades. So why is it translated as neighbor? In Indonesia, it's translated as ...
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Does God predetermine all things according to His prescience?

In "An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith" (ἔκδοσις ἀκριβὴς τῆς ὀρθοδόξου πίστεως) John of Damascus wrote, Χρὴ γινώσκειν, ὡς πάντα μὲν προγινώσκει ὁ θεός, οὐ πάντα δὲ προορίζει· προγινώσκει ...
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Does the word 'testament' in the titles OT and NT imply the death of the testator in both covenants?

A will or testament is a legal declaration by which a person, the testator, names one or more persons to manage his estate and provides for the transfer of his property at death. This property an ...
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What verses from the Bible claim that Jesus has justified and redeemed man by his sacrifice on a cross?

What verses from the Bible claim that Jesus has justified and redeemed man by his sacrifice on a cross?
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How does the loss of Wesleyan perfectionism differ from Catholic distinctions between mortal and venial sins?

Wesleyan perfectionism is often compared to a Calvinist view of sanctification but this question is different. It is designed for someone familiar with Wesleyan theology to provide an explanation that ...
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Fellowship with God

I came across an interesting quote in Lutzer, Erwin W. (2003-02-01). Cries From The Cross: A Journey into the Heart of Jesus (p. 20). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition. Jesus’ suffering was ...
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What is the argument against the imposition of clerical celibacy as practiced in the Roman Catholic Church?

The Roman Catholic Church requires its priests to practice celibacy. This has not always been the case, though. In fact, it was not instituted until the 11th century. Protestant churches have no ...
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Why do we explicitly need to ask for help through prayer? [duplicate]

Since God is omniscient not only does he know all of our hardships but he also knows that we want him to help us through said hardships. Why do we explicitly ask for help through prayer?
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Was Mary a Virgin? [duplicate]

The biblical passages mentioning that mary was a virgin seem to be add after the fact, and possibly based off a mistranslation. What evidence is there that Mary, the alleged mother of Jesus, was a ...
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Where did the hierarchical designations of priest, cardinal, bishop, and pope come from in the Catholic church?

Protestantism typically recognizes offices that include pastors, elders, and deacons. Another common belief is the priesthood of all believers, and thus there is no such designation for a particular ...
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Why is Atheism such an easy religion to troll? [closed]

I see it happening many times on YouTube and other comment oriented sites.
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Why is Rome the holy city?

Why did Rome become the seat of the Pope and the central location for the Church? I would think that Jerusalem would be the first choice. There are also a number of other cities that I would ...
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What is the basis for the claim that the entire New Testament can be reconstructed apart from original and copied manuscripts?

Bit of a mouthy title, but I remember reading a few years ago that the entire New Testament (perhaps with the exception of very few verses) and most of the Old Testament could be reconstructed from ...
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Why did the conclave elect Pope Stephen I, when he died prior to taking office?

According to Wikipedia, Pope Stephen I was elected to the papacy in March of 752 A.D., but died a few days later, prior to being installed. As I understand it, Catholic teaching indicates that God's ...
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Is “Angel Therapy” compatible with the Bible?

I'm not sure how best to ask this question without it being too broad, considering how vast "Christianity" is. But the gist of my question is: Is "Angel Therapy" compatible with the Bible? Perhaps ...
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What is the difference between Protestantism vs Protestants?

According to me Protestants are the one who doesn't pray to Mary. I also came across the Protestantism which speaks about the 95 Theses which Martin Luther started against indulgence. I don't see ...
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How to identify a Catholic 'order' from initials that follow a nun or priest's name?

I am regularly cataloguing publications written by (or about) sisters and priests. I am unfamiliar with all of the different Catholic orders. Is there an online list or reference that identifies what ...
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What would happen if a priest venerated Santa Muerte in an RCC church?

In Mexico, the mix of native and Catholic religions has produced an interesting figure called Santa Muerte or literally, "Saint Death." In many ways, the icons, statues, and venerations ascribed to ...
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Is Mary or other saints in heaven?

The Assumption of Mary states that after she died on Earth she went to Heaven. Is there any Biblical support whether she, or any other man after Jesus' revival went to heaven?
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Why did God create the great flood? [closed]

Why did God create the great flood to wipe the entire human race including unborn children and babies that are probably innocent, and also other species that are innocent? He can re-create the whole ...
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What arguments do scholars present for historicity of the fall?

What arguments and writings have been used to defend the Genesis account of the fall as a historical event? Is there evidence apart from the writings in Genesis that man was at one time not fallen?
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What exactly is the biblical reference to a serpent?

It seems that most places in the bible where serpents are referred to they are a reference to Satan/the devil. Yet in Mathew 10:16 Christ says, "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of ...
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What is the origin of the story of the penitent thief as a young boy?

During the Easter sermon our priest told a small story. It goes somewhat like this: 'When Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus fled to Egypt, on the way there was a little boy who was given the task of ...
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Why worship saints / Mary / Angels?

When John falls down in his knees to worship the angel, the angel tells him immediately to stop because he is just a worshiper like him, so all the glory is for the Lord. It is I, John, who heard ...
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Did God create other people besides Adam and Eve? [closed]

After Cain killed Abel, he was cast away and said "whoever finds me will kill me", there he took a wife. This indicates there were other people on the face of the earth created by God or is there ...
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To which Saints may a Catholic pray, and when can this begin?

The Catholic Church teaches, as I understand it, that a person may pray to a Saint, and this Saint will then intercede along with that person to God concerning the request (or something like that). ...
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What theological statement would be made if the Creeds preceded the homily?

In both the Anglican and Catholic Mass, the Liturgy of the Word (aka reading the lessons), begins with Scripture, includes a Homily, and then concludes with the recitation of one of the Creeds. ...
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Why do Protestants not refer to Mary by the title “Mother of God”?

I have heard the title "Mother of God" in connection with the so-called "Hail Mary" prayer that is recited by Catholics. However, I have never heard this term used in any Protestant setting. (I'm ...

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